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Mortuary Practices and Funeral Rites . Buddhist monks provided funerary services: Buddhist Services: A way to help the dead through these passages by transferring merit to them. The services were held in the home of the deceased or in a temple Monks chanted sutras when performing services

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Mortuary practices and funeral rites l.jpg

Mortuary Practices and Funeral Rites

  • Buddhist monks provided funerary services:

    • Buddhist Services:

    • A way to help the dead through these passages by transferring merit to them.

    • The services were held in the home of the deceased or in a temple

    • Monks chanted sutras when performing services

    • The most elaborate service: Great Ceremony of Land and Water


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Mortuary Function of Buddhist Institution

  • Buddhist temples were places to store coffins until burial could be arranged

  • Buddhist clergy led funeral procession

  • Buddhist temples often aided the practice of cremation, providing crematories, storing ashes…


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Buddhism and Geomancy

  • Geomancers and Buddhist temples worked together in the provision for funerary services

    • Buddhists handled the ceremonies that focused on the rebirth of the soul

    • Geomancers handled the burial of the body

  • Geomancers were not always “rustic masters and vulgar shamans”

    • Some of them were prominent Confucian scholars


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State Responses to Cults and Spirits

  • To cults

    • Outlaw practices

    • Regulate practices

    • Define and codify

    • Use power of example

      • Promoted charitable graveyard

  • To spirits

    • Outlaw their shrines

    • Recognition and reward

    • Appeasement

    • Exorcism

      • Thunder rites


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